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MGB Made a decision, my MGB is going...

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...to a shop to get it back on the road. (Couldn't resist the clickbait title, it's been a long week -- and a long year. :wall: )

My B has been off the road since I bought it back over 4 years ago (yes, I've bought this same car twice). Engine is really tired, and I was going to put in a spare used engine so I could drive it while rebuilding the original motor. I just haven't been able to make the time to get it done. Working in IT for a public school district during a pandemic has been about what you'd expect. I'm not old, but getting old enough as I barrel down on 50 to appreciate that my supply of years is limited. I want to drive this car and not look at it.

A good friend had his '67 MGB rebuilt by a reputable shop in Scottsdale, AZ recently, and the work was excellent. They did a full engine rebuild and 5-speed swap. Not cheap, but excellent work. It got me thinking, and I decided to haul my car down there as well and get it done.

My B will get engine rebuild, trans rebuild (if needed), and whatever other little things we find. Hope to be driving it before the snow flies. Will likely cost more than I paid for the car to do this, but this car is a keeper and worth it to me. Car goes down there in early June.

I bought this B for the first time in 2011, 10 years ago as of this post. In all that time I've never actually had 2 cars running at the same time. It's about dern time to make that happen, and sometimes that just takes bringing in the professionals.

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you are a wicked wicked person :mad::ROFLMAO:

great to see you and glad to see you are getting the car going
 

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you are a wicked wicked person :mad::ROFLMAO:

great to see you and glad to see you are getting the car going
It's been such a bonkers year I just had to do something silly. No worries that this car is leaving the fleet -- it's so nice I bought it twice. :D

Spent some time today finding all the pieces that need to go with the car. I'll box it all up later, but was good to dig out all the bits that have been sitting around. I've got a spare OD transmission, so I'll probably bring both down to the shop and they can pick the best one to get into. Need to figure out a way to get the engine crated/palleted for transit as well. I've got a few weeks yet before it goes so there's time.

It's good to be getting back into the cars. Over the last year work has really taken over, but things are calming down now so life can resume.

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Drew,

I get it - after working,I rarely feel like going down to the garage
& working on the GT.I'll probably get it running,& have the local British car shop
finish it.
 

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I'm planning on a daily strategy once I can get started on my Bugeye restoration work. List the projects, and chip away a little at a time. You could say that the first step there was to get the B roadworthy, solved with an email, phone call, and eventual large check. ;)
Drew,

I get it - after working,I rarely feel like going down to the garage
& working on the GT.I'll probably get it running,& have the local British car shop
finish it.
Sounds like a solid strategy.
 
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I'm totally with you. Haven't wanted to touch a screwdriver or lift a wrench most of last year either. And the whole remote learning thing has been incredibly rough on our son who's a Senior in high school - can't even begin to know how hard it is for you all on the other side of the screen. But things are looking up. We installed a lift in our garage - YAY! Then I reconnected/installed the rebuilt generator in our 73 GMC motorhome and put on the entry door step. Progress is good! :smile: OH...and went to our first car show in over a year+ a couple of weekends ago!
 

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I once posted a comment when I was doing the V8 swap in my Healey that resonated with a lot of folks: "I made some great progress today ... I paid someone else to do it." Speaking of swaps, now would be the perfect time to come over to the dark side and drop a V6 or V8 into that puppy!
 
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I once posted a comment when I was doing the V8 swap in my Healey that resonated with a lot of folks: "I made some great progress today ... I paid someone else to do it." Speaking of swaps, now would be the perfect time to come over to the dark side and drop a V6 or V8 into that puppy!
Nice try ;)
 

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Drew, good on you! A member of the MGE posted about what to do next on his B and I realized that it was time. I’ve mulled this decision over for the last year or so and I just couldn’t bring myself to sell it. This is what I posted on the MGE:
After reading and commenting on Robert Brownings post about what next to do to his B, I decided that someone needs to enjoy mine. My DIL has lusted after the B, so she’s now the caretaker. She took the girls to school and then on to work and my heart is full! Her comment this morning along with the attached picture: “Of all of the things I’ve done in my life that were badass, I’ve never felt as much like one as I do today!”
Life is good, Rut
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I’ll give it another shot.
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Gorgeous indeed though I can't imagine the words MGB and badass being used in the same sentence (except maybe our old friend Anarchy99) 😃
normally all I ever get is 'what a cute car'
 
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So great to hear how excited you DIL is for the B, and what a lovely car.
 
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Got the engine and transmissions all packed up and ready for hauling down to AZ for the rebuild. Transmissions you say? I happen to have two OD transmissions, the original from the car and a spare I picked up from a parts car. I'm bringing them both down so that they can use the best one as a base for a rebuild (or for parts if necessary). I've got a couple spare blocks as well, but hoping that the original one won't have issues and will be fully rebuildable.

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Looks impressive. (Is it worth removing the fan - plastic blades are vulnerable - don't ask me how I know)
 
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